Achievements

Accomplishments by staff and research students in the School of Nursing and Midwifery are listed below, including teaching and learning achievements, research and research education, international and collaboration successes.

October 2017

Highlights and Achievements

  • Professor Nicholas Procter, Chair in Mental Health Nursing, School of Nursing and Midwifery, has received the Dr Margaret Tobin Award, in recognition on his exceptional leadership and commitment to mental health wellbeing and his outstanding leadership in mental healt hand suicide prevention reform in South Australia for over 20 years.
  • Professor Nicholas Procter, Dr Mark Loughhead, Dr Monika Ferguson, Ms Heahter Eaton, Mrs Kirsty Baker and Ms Melissa Gibson, members of the UniSA Mental Health and Substance Use Research Group, have been awarded the Partnership with Lived Experience Award, in recognition of their excellence in creating partnerships with people with lived experience in the improvement of services, programs and organisations in South Australia.  

 August 2017

Highlights and Achievements

  • Prof Mary Steen, Professor of Midwifery in the School of Nursing and Midwifery, has received the Women and Children's Health Network (WCHN) 2017 Service Excellence Award Category  Three - Building and Strengthening Partnerships. The Clinical Practice Development Unit at the WCHN forged an ongoing collaborative partnership with Prof Steen that has spanned the Centre for Education and Training, Women's and Babies Division and Microbiology Department.  

People

  • Ms Tania McHendrie, School of Nursing and Midwifery, has been awarded the 'Adult Learner of the Year' at the recent 2017 award ceremony. A government initiative under the WorkReady program, this award recognised Tania's enthusiasm, initiative and hard work to complete a program that opened employment opportunities for her that may otherwise not have been realised.


July 2017

Highlights and Achievements

  • Dr Jane Warland, Senior Lecturer in the School of Nursing and Midwifery, has received the 2017 winner of the Star Legacy  Foundation Stillbirth Research award announced at the Stillbirth Summit in Minneapolis, USA.  The Star Legacy Foundation are a USA based charity who recognize individuals, groups and organizations making a difference regarding pregnancy and infant loss issues with its Star Awards.  
  • Ms Deryn Thompson, Lecturer in the School of Nursing and Midwifery, was recently awarded the Australian Dermatology Nurses’ Association USA Nurses Scholarship, which ensures Australian dermatology nurses can build their international contacts to pursue professional development and networking opportunities.


February 2017

News and Events

  • A new Foundation has been developed on the back of the establishment of The Rosemary Bryant AO Research Centre to raise funds to support research and development in nursing, midwifery and personal care in South Australia.  The not-for-profit Rosemary Bryant Foundation has been set up by the ANMF (SA Branch) in honour of Dr Rosemary Bryant AO, a former president of the national nursing federation and immediate past president of the International Council of Nurses.  The Foundation provides a direct link to the Rosemary Bryant AO Research Centre at UniSA, an anticipated flagship for health research in South Australia and nationally. The Centre comes as a direct result from a partnership between UniSA and the ANMF (SA Branch).


December 2016

Highlights and Achievements

  • Ms Louise McGee, School of Nursing and Midwifery, has received a 2016 Staff Recognition Award for professional staff. Individuals are peer-nominated for their contributions to local culture, effort, attitude and achievement, acknowledged for the ways in which they are perceived to go ‘above and beyond’ by their colleagues.
  • Dr Rasika Jayasekara,  Senior Lecturer in the School of Nursing and Midwifery, was invited to be the Guest of Honour for the oath taking ceremony of the 10th Batch of B.Sc. Nursing students at the Faculty of Medical Sciences, University of Sri Jayewardenepura, Sri Lanka on Friday, 16th December 2016.

November 2016

Teaching and Learning

  • Dr Megan Cooper, Lecturer in the School of Nursing and Midwifery, was awarded the Excellent Educator - Simulation category in the Student Nominated Excellent Educator Awards 2016. This award was introduced in 2010 to provide students the opportunity to nominate academic staff whon they believe demonstrate innovation in teaching engagement and enhance students' learning experiences.


October 2016

Teaching and Learning

  • Dr Lois McKellar and Ms Cathy Kempster, Lecturers in the School of Nursing and Midwifery, were recepients of the 2016 OLT Citations for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning. The citations are awarded to university academics as part of the Government’s prestigious 2016 Australian Awards for University Teaching program.


September 2016

Teaching and Learning

  • Ms Deryn Thompson, Lecturer in the School of Nursing and Midwifery, was recently awarded the Galderma Research and Literature Award at the recent Australian Dermatology Nurses Association (ADNA) Conference. This award recognises quality research in dermatology nursing for the improvement of dermatology patient's care and excellence in dermatology nursing, written by an active ADNA member.
  • Professor Marion Eckert, from the Cancer Care Research Group, has secured funding from the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation (SA Branch) to establish the Rosemary Bryant Research Centre. The Centre will develop research that fosters critical inquiry and evidence to inform strategic planning for the state, and potentially inform national initiatives aligned to nursing and midwifery workforce, health system planning and resourcing, clinical care outcomes and translation of evidence into practice.
  • Dr Amanda Bobridge, Lecturer in the School of Nursing and Midwifery and Professor Marion Eckert, Professor in Cancer Nursing, are progressing a feasibility study to trial a 'one stop shop' prevention/screening centre for cancer and chronic disease at UniSA. They are working in collaboration with South Australian Cancer Services (SACS), SA Health, Breast Screen, site health facilities, Professor Ian Oliver, Professor Daivd roder and Cancer Voices.


June 2016

Teaching and Learning

  • Ms Deryn Thompson, Lecturer in the School of Nursing and Midwifery, was recently an award nominee for an SA Health Nursing and Midwifery Excellence Award in the Excellence in Innovation in Education category.


May 2016

Highlights and Achievements

  • Professor Nicholas Procter, Chair in Mental Health Nursing, School of Nursing and Midwifery, has been appointed to the Advisory Group on Suicide Prevention for the National Mental Health Commission. The Advisory Group for Suicide Prevention is being established to provide advice, expertise and strategic support on suicide prevention in Australia by identifying priorities and promoting action.


 
February 2016

 Highlights and Achievements

  • Dr Rebecca Sharp, Lecturer in the School of Nursing and Midwifery, has been awarded the 2016 Ian Davey Thesis Prize for the most outstanding thesis by a University of South Australia research degree student leading to PhD.


January 2016

Teaching and Learning

  • Dr Lois McKellar, Lecturer in the School of Nursing and Midwifery and Ms Cathy Kempster, Clinical Midwife in the School of Nursing and Midwifery, were recently awarded the 2015 UniSA Teaching Award for the development of sustained innovative resources and tailored support for midwifery students engaged in the continuity of care experience (COCE).
  • Dr Andrew Gardner, Lecturer in the School of Nursing and Midwifery, was recently awarded the 2015 UniSA Teaching Award for sustained commitment and innovation, educating undergraduate nursing students to conduct Mental State Assessments using experiential learning approaches that develop learning in the affective domain. 


December 2015

Highlights and Achievements

  • Miss Maria Chilvers, Lecturer in the School of Nursing and Midwifery, was recently awarded the Student Nominated Excellent Educator Award 2015 in the School of Nursing and Midwifery.

August 2015

Highlights and Achievements

  • Dr Julie Fleet and Dr Rebecca Sharp, Lecturers in the School of Nursing and Midwifery, were nominated to present their innovative research at the Fresh Science competition. Dr Julie Fleet was awarded the first place winner in the presentation competition, on her research identifying less invasive forms of pain relief from analgesia in childbirth.

May 2015

Highlights and Achievements

  • Ms Deryn Thompson, Lecturer in the School of Nursing and Midwifery, was recently awarded the Australian Dermatology Nurses Associations (ADNA) Galderma Research & Literature Award ($1,000).

December 2014

Teaching and Learning

  • Ms Deryn Thompson and Dr Sandra Ullrich, Lecturers in the School of Nursing and Midwifery, were recently awarded the UniSA Learning and Teaching Development Grants for 2015 for their project "Connecting for confidence: a peer-support basi numeracy program (for medication calculations) to build confidence and connectedness for nursing students with basic numerary and English language anxiety".
  • Dr Lois McKellar, Assoc. Prof. Rachael Vernon and Ms Julie Fleet, Lecturers in the School of Nursing and Midwifery; were awarded the UniSA Learning and Teaching Development Grant for work in 2015 for their project: "Implementation and evaluation of a share clinical facilitation model for midwifery students undertaking clinical placement in South Australia".

People

  • Ms Louise McGee, School of Nursing and Midwifery,has received a 2014 Inaugural National Excellence Award for Tertiary Technical Staff; This award is for significant contribution and sustained outstanding performance worthy of national recognition by a Tertiary Technical Staff member. The award was presented to Louise at the TechNet Australia Conference held in November.

November 2014

Highlights and Achievements

  • Dr Craig Phillips,Lecturer in the School of Nursing and Midwifery, was recently awarded a UniSA Early Career Networking Award of $6,000. He will be travelling to the University of Western Ontario, University of Buffalo, NYU College of Nursing in New York City, USA,  for approximately 4 weeks in April 2015 to investigate potential collaborative research related opportunities stemming from his PhD thesis.

September 2014

Highlights and Achievements

  • Dr Matthew Leach, Senior Lecturer in the School of Nursing and Midwifery, was recently awarded:
    • an international competitive Fellowship on the Australian Research Centre of Complementary and Integrative Medicine (ARCCIM) Leadership program.
    • an Adjunct Fellow of the Univerity of Western Sydney.
    • a nationally competitive Endeavour College Research Project Grant to complete the First two phases of The Integrative Health Care Model Development and Evaluation (TIME) project.


August 2014

Highlights and Achievements

  • Dr Craig Phillips, Lecturer in the School of Nursing and Midwifery, has successfully completed all requirements for the degree of Doctor of Philosophy, and has his PhD conferred on 16th April 2014.
  • Professor Nicholas Procter, Mental Health Research Chair, School of Nursing and Midwifery:
    • has launched a book called: Mental Health: A Person Centered Approach (Cambridge University Press). With CUP the oldest publishing house in the world, it's the first mental health nursing title by this publisher in 500 years.
    • has received $901,000 of additional funding from the Commonwealth Department of Health to support the MHiMA Project. This takes total grant funding for the national project to $3.6m over four years.
    • has also received $320,000 of additional funding from SA Health’s Office of the Chief Psychiatrist to support a program of mental health research and practice development in his current role as joint SA Health/UniSA Chair: Mental Health Nursing. This takes total grant funding for the state-wide project to $1.2m over seven years.

People

  • Dr David Evans, Senior Lecturer in the School of Nursing and Midwifery, has been appointed to the position of Deputy Chair Human Research Ethics Committee.
  • Dr Craig Williams,  Lecturer in the School of Nursing and Midwifery, has recently been selected to participate in the 2014 Australian Academy of Sciences Theo Murphy High Flyers Think Tank which this year focuses on climate change challenges to health and the associated risks and opportunities. The purpose of this Think Tank is to bring together researchers from a range of disciplines to engage in thinking about novel applications of existing science and technology as well as identifying gaps in knowledge that can be addressed through science. Previous Think Tanks have resulted in governmental reports that are instrumental in policy development.
  • Dr Tahereh Ziaian, Senior Lecturer in the School of Nursing and Midwifery, has been awarded an ARC Linkage Project grants. 'Pathways to active citizenship for refugee youth and their transition from school to further education, training and employment'.


May 2014

Teaching and Learning

  • Dr Jane Warland, Senior Lecturer in the School of Nursing and Midwifery, has created and implemented engaging 'real life' curricula and authentic assessment items that have clearly enhanced student learning and have fostered high levels of independence and responsibility required to pursue careers in nursing and midwifery.

People

  • Dr Angela Kucia, Senior Lecturer in the School of Nursing and Midwifery, has received the 2014 SA Health Nurse Excellence Award.
  • Professor Adrian Esterman, School of Nursing and Midwifery, has been admitted as a Fellow of the American College of Epidemiology.


December 2013

Research and Research Education

  • Dr Helen Bradley's past master student, Mingshuan Ding, who's paper titled 'The effectiveness and safety of ginger for pregnancy-induced nause and vomiting: A systematic review" has won the Journal, Women and Birth's Writing Award for 2013. Dr Matthew Leach and Helen Bradley are co-authors on this paper. Ming is currently doing her PhD in Queensland on the efficacy of topical ginger as pain relief for labour.
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People

  • Dr Anne Hofmeyer, Senior Lecturer in the School of Nursing and Midwifery, was appointed by the President of STTI to the Research Scholarship and Advisory Council (RSAC) for the Honor Society of Nursing, Sigma Theta Tau International (STTI), Indianapolis, Indiana USA for the 2013-2015 biennium.
  • Dr Cath Hall, Lecturer in the School of Nursing and Midwifery, was recently invited and selected to the Academic Board for SAIBT. This appointment provides the School with an opportunity to have input into ensuing the academic standards of SAIBT programs are kept high.
  • Dr Barbara Parker, Lecturer in the School of Nursing and Midwifery, was successful in her application for promotion to Senior Lecturer (Level C).
  • Dr Cath Hall, Mrs Elaine Rankin and Associate Professor Colleen Smith, School of Nursing and Midwifery, received the University Staff Service Award in October 2013 for 25 years of service with the University.
  • Dr Lois McKellar, Lecturer in the School of Nursing and Midwifery, worked with a team on a community action project which developed the 'COMIC space at LMH'. The team won the Dennis Mutton Award for contribution to the community.

October 2013

Highlights and Achievements

  • Dr Andrea Fielder, Research Fellow in the School of Nursing and Midwifery, has been awarded a 2013 ECR International Travel Award. This travel award will allow Andrea to build on her Fullbright Scholarship with the University of North Carolina to visit multi-disciplinary treatment facilities which integrate research into treatment of pregnant substance using women and their infants, in Philadelphia and Baltimore. Andrea will also work with Professor Jones from UNC to analyse and interpret clinical data from the "Maternal Opioid Treatment: Human Experimental Research (MOTHER)" study.
  • Dr Jane Warland, Senior Lecturer in the School of Nursing and Midwifery, has received the 2013 Teaching Excellence Award in acknowledgement of her ongoing work and commitment to excellence in teaching and learning at the University of South Australia.

People

  • Dr Matthew Leach, Senior Lecturer in the School of Nursing and Midwifery, recently completed work for the Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency (TEQSA) to review  new national Bachelor of Health Science program; Dr Leach is an apppointed TEQSA expert in complementary and alternative medicine.
  • Dr Andrea Gordon, Professor Nicholas Procter, School of Nursing and Midwifery, along with other staff in the Division, are collaborating with a Community Rehabilitation Centre, the Trevor Parry Centre, in the Southern Mental Health Network to conduct a pilot study 'Healthy Eating for Life with a Mediterranean Diet - HELFIMED' investigating the benefits of encouraging healthy eating combined with fish oil supplementation on cardiometabolic and mental health in consumers with serious mental illness.  This collaborative team also includes Associate Professor Catherine Itsiopoulos from La Trobe University and Dr Svetlana Bogomolova from the School of Marketing.
  • Professor Nicholas Procter, School of Nursing and Midwifery:
    • has completed Psychological Autopsy Certification Training with the American Association for Suicidology. The training, which leads to accreditation as a Certified Psychological Autopsy Investigator, examines the reasons why a person ended their life by suicide and ascertains the associated individual risk factors for the occurrence.
    • hosted a public lecture by Professor Larry Davidson from Yale University. Prof Davidson spoke to an audience of approximately 150 people on the topic of consumer and carer engagement in mental health research, services delivery and education. 

September 2013

Highlights and Achievements

  • Dr Rasika Jayasekara, Senior Lecturer in the School of Nursing and Midwifery, has won the Best Paper Award for Faculty in 1st WNC 2013 Conference in Singapore for the title 'The Development of a National Framework for Nursing Educaiton in Sri Lanka: An Evidence-Based Approach'.

People

  • Dr Anne Hofmeyer, Senior Lecturer in the School of Nursing and Midwifery, has been appointed to the International Advisory Committee of the new Elsevier journal International Journal of Africa Nursing Studies 2013 - 2016.
  • Ms Emma Hiscock, School of Nursing and Midwifery, has been invited onto the HWA Clinical Training Funding Operations Group.
  • Mrs Deryn Thompson, Lecturer in the School of Nursing and Midwifery, participated in a Rural Health Education Foundation show, hosted by Dr Norman Swan discussing 'Allergic Disease: On the Increase'. Mrs Thompson joined a panel discussing the impact of allergic disease and the range of allergic conditions, with a particular focus on the high rates of allergic reaction in children. The program considers recent research on the causes of rising rates of allergic reaction and the role of diet in affecting sensitivity. It also discusses the importance of diagnostic testing, careful history-taking, and the development on individually-tailored management plans, including medications. 

June 2013

People

  • Ms Liz Newnham, Lecturer in the School of Nursing and Midwifery, presented in June at the Normal Labour and Birth conference in the United Kingdom (Grange-over-Sands, Lake district), organised by the University of Central Lancashire.  Liz presented a paper titled ‘Childbirth in a ‘risk culture’: the impact on women’s choices in birth’ from her PhD research.


April 2013

Research and Research Education

  • Associate Professor Kay Price has received an award for her work on Asthma Australia’s National Research Council. Kay was one of six Council members recognised by Asthma Australia’s Board for their work in launching, on behalf of Asthma Australia, a national research program which focuses on strategic research grants, grants for asthma research, and scholarships.

People

  • Professor Adrian Esterman has been appointed Adjunct Professor in the School of Public Health, Tropical Medicine and Rehabilitation Sciences, James Cook University. 

February 2013

Research and Research Education

  • Dr Andrea Gordon, Research Fellow in the School of Nursing and Midwifery, has been awarded a Fulbright Postdoctoral 2013 Scholarship to continue her research work at the John Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland. The Fulbright Program is the largest and one of the most prestigious educational scholarship programs in the world and operates between the United States and over 155 countries worldwide.

Teaching and Learning

  • Ms Tina Holmes and Dr Jane Warland, Lecturers in the School of Nursing and Midwifery, have developed an innovative e-learning course, aimed at raising the standard of handover of patient care in hospital and care facilities across the country. The e-learning course comprises four modules including videos of real life clinical handover scenarios with assessed exercises at the end of each module. The videos show good clinical handovers and also highlight what can go wrong if structured approaches are not adopted when clinical handovers occur. 

December 2012 & January 2013

Research and Research Education

  • Professor Nicholas Procter, Dr Andrea Gordon, Dr Amy Baker, School of Nursing and Midwifery, and a team of researchers within the Division were awarded a tender to investigate medicines management in Australia’s Immigration Detention Centres. The work is being undertaken on behalf of the Department of Immigration and Citizenship.

Teaching and Learning

  • Dr Merri Paech, Lecturer in the School of Nursing and Midwifery, was one of four recipients awarded a Division of Health Sciences Student Nominated Excellent Educator Award 2012.

People

  • Dr Helen Bradley, Lecturer in the School of Nursing and Midwifery, delivered an invited paper at an International Seminar hosted by the National Nurses Association of Indonesia in the Riau Province of Sumatra. The research topic was Person Centred Care, and delivered to the Department of Health and staff and students from the University of Riau Province.
  • Dr Lois McKellar, Lecturer in the School of Nursing and Midwifery, was a contributing author to the publication Weber & Kelley’s Health Assessment in Nursing 1e, which was one of the six titles short-listed in the category ‘Tertiary (Adaptations) Teaching and Learning Resource’ in the Educational Publishing Awards; not only was the work short-listed, it was also Highly Commended.
  • Dr Matthew Leach, Research Fellow in the School of Nursing and Midwifery, was recently promoted to Senior Research Fellow.  

November 2012

Highlights and Achievements

  • Dr Andrea Gordon, Research Fellow in the School of Nursing and Midwifery, along with other staff in the Division, organised UniSA's Do it in a Dress campaign which raised enough money to support 151 education scholarships for young girls in Sierra Leone.

Research and Research Education 

  • Professor Leonie Segal, School of Nursing and Midwifery, received $368,533 for a partnership project ‘Determining the multidisciplinary primary health care team required to support best practice in community mental health care and prevention to enhance mental wellbeing’
  • A team led by Professor Leonie Segal, including Dr Matthew Leach and Professor Nicholas Proctor, from the School of Nursing and Midwifery, has been awarded a 2013 Partnership Grant of $368,533 over three years. The project is entitled ‘Implementing a needs-based evidence-driven primary health care workforce planning model to describe the multidisciplinary primary health care team necessary to deliver best practice in community mental health care and prevention’. Professor Segal (CIA) is joined by chief investigators Professor Patrick McGorry (CIB), Dr Matthew Leach (CIC) and Professor Nicholas Proctor (CID), and associate investigators from South Australia’s Department of Health.

People

  • Professor Leonie Segal, Research Chair (Health Economics) in the School of Nursing and Midwifery:
    • has accepted an invitation to sit on Health Workforce Australia’s (HWA) newly established overarching Technical Advisory Group (TAG)
    • was invited to speak at Inspire 2012, Health Workforce Australia’s inaugural conference, 12-14 November 2012. Her presentation was entitled ‘Leader of the pack: a new approach to health workforce planning’
    • was invited to speak at the World Dairy Summit 2012, held 4-8 November in Cape Town, South Africa. Her presentation was entitled ‘Dairy’s potential role in health care savings’
      has been invited to be a member of the South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute (SAHMRI) Population Health and Health & Social Policy Pillar Committee chaired by Professor David Roder.
  • Dr Matthew Leach, Research Fellow in the School of Nursing and Midwifery, recently reviewed four higher education programs in the fields of naturopathy and clinical nutrition for the Tertiary Education Quality Standards Agency (TEQSA), Australian Government. 

October 2012

Research and Research Education

  • Dr Antonina Mikocka-Walus, Dr Andrea Gordon and Professor Adrian Esterman, together, with colleagues from the Royal Adelaide Hospital and Flinders Medical Centre, received a US$128,000 grant from the Broad Foundation. Their pilot trial ‘Antidepressants to maintain remission and improve quality of life and mental health in Chrohn’s disease patients: a pilot randomised controlled trial’ will investigate the role of fluoxetine in the management of Crohn’s disease.
  • Dr Matthew Leach, Research Fellow in the School of Nursing and Midwifery, has:
    • won a $US269,000 research grant from the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine/National Institutes of Health.  Dr Leach was co-investigator on Schneider M, Hawk C, Leach M, Long C, Haas M, Evans R, Cramer G. ‘Distance Education OnLine Intervention for Evidence Based Practice Literacy (DELIVER)’
    • won a $30,000 competitive research grant from the Alzheimer's Australia Dementia Research Foundation.  Dr Leach was lead investigator on Leach M, Francis A, Ziaian T, ‘Improving the health and wellbeing of community-dwelling carers of dementia sufferers – a randomised controlled trial of structured meditation training’.
  • Professor Nicholas Procter, Professor Carol Grech, Professor Leonie Segal, Professor Adrian Esterman, Professor Jan Pincombe, A/Professor Kay Price, A/Professor Colleen Smith, Dr Antonina Mikocka-Walus, Dr Andrea Gordon, Dr Angela Kucia, Dr Rasika Jayasekara, Dr Jane Warland, Dr Kim Dalziel, Dr Matthew Leach, Dr Tahereh Ziaian, Dr David Evans, Dr Sandra Ullrich and Mr Craig Phillips qualified as a 2012 Supported Researcher.  

September 2012

Teaching and Learning

  • Dr Jane Warland, Dr Sandra Ullrich and Mr Craig Phillips, Lecturers in the School of Nursing and Midwifery, were three of fifteen recipients who received a 2012 Supported Teacher Award.

Research and Research Education 

  • Through the Mental Health and Substance Abuse Group, chaired by Professor Nicholas Procter, the School of Nursing and Midwifery received a $900,000 Suicide Prevention Grant through the Department of Health and Ageing.
  • Dr Amy Baker, Research Associate: Multicultural Mental Health in the School of Nursing and Midwifery, officially had her PhD conferred, congratulations on this achievement.

People

  • Dr Maria Fedoruk and Dr Anne Hofmeyer, Lecturers in the School of Nursing and Midwifery, launched their edited book ‘Becoming a Nurse – Transition to Practice’.  The text is a practical guide for third year undergraduate nursing and midwifery students to assist in making the transition from student to Registered Nurse or Midwife.
  • Dr Antonina Mikocka-Walus, Research Fellow in the School of Nursing and Midwifery, was nominated for the 2012 South Australian Tall Poppy Award.

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